‘Behave as if you have Coronavirus’ is the message from the UK government amid growing concerns over people mixing in supermarkets.

Under the current lockdown restrictions, non-essential shops have been forced to close, however people will still come into contact with others when buying essential items.

And the government’s Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News that the government “doesn’t want to go any tougher” than current rules:

“The lockdown is actually pretty severe, we’re asking people to stay at home, don’t go out, if you have to go out it’s only for exercise.

“This virus loves social interaction and we are all pro-social animals, and it’s the worst thing we do is to socialise.

“So, only going out to exercise for a limited time, stay at home.”

Nadhim Zahawi spoke of the government’s growing concern over supermarkets as a possible place that the virus could spread:

“We are concerned that, for example, in supermarkets we need to make sure people actually wear masks and follow the one-way rule in supermarkets.

“And, of course, when they are at capacity – to operate safely, people wait outside supermarkets.

“We don’t want to go any tougher, because this is a pretty tough lockdown.”

For the full list of lockdown restrictions and guidelines, visit the government website here.

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